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Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:22 pm 
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i was crusing along i smelt something wrong the i saw smoke coming form the fuse box my park lamps fuse had melted into the fuse box and begun to smolder before catching alight of course i pulled over and stopped turned everything off and scratched my head ... im still driving it now but without taillights dash lights hazards ... i still got blinkers brake lights head lights still


what should i do just take it to a auto elec of replace the burnt wire i have done and chase the wire until i find a short ... if its a short i dont know ...

by the way the fuse didnt blow it was only a 20amp fuse as ford designed


any help/ideas or maybe u have heard of this before please let me know

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Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 6:14 pm 
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thats wierd that the fuse did not blow

yes i would take it to an auto elec for sure

be the safe and smart thing to do

explain what happened

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 6:19 pm 
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what was the last thing you did electrically?

checked the trailer plug (if you have one?)

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:48 pm 
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Where did you get the fuse from, just because it says 20 amp, doesn't always mean it wont take substantially more, hehe.

I got a set once, put one in when i blew it before finding the fualt, the fuse just sat there smoldering, the coating, ended up melting the coating off.

no I didn't leave it in I just used it several times, it's a great way around smartlock, hehe.
Now i know not all fuse are equal quality.

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:01 pm 
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I see this all the time and basically the fuse is loose in the fuseholder and the heat from the bad connection causes the fuse/holder to melt and to repair it ,you will have to wire up another fuseholder to replace the burnt one.Cheers Kevman
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Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:45 am 
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Should of let it burn and got the insurance money, f**k chasing a short = pain in the a***.

 

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Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:26 pm 
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i only use narva fuses no cheap ones ... i had a look around under my dash and the brown wire thats connected to my park lamps and heated up the whole length of the circuit and from that i mean from the fuse box to relay to parkers it dont look pretty the feeling i have is someone has been there before judging my the elec tape cable ties etc .. i loose my licence is 30 or so hours so its just 1 more thing on the list to be fixed i got pictures but im sure we have all seen burnt wires before lol ive done no electrical work beside changing the rear tail/stop globes which were 10w lol im sure the 2mm wire can handle that with ease sooo

 

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